The annual event is this weekend at Tigard High School. A cut of proceeds support arts in schools.

COURTESY - Ceramics by Carolyn Bulkley, like these mugs, will be among the art pieces featured at Art in the Burbs.Knitted, sculpted, welded, carved, painted and otherwise fashioned by hand, local artwork of various mediums will grace the Tigard High School gym this Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 14-15, at the 18th annual Art in the Burbs festival.

Beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday — and with a suggested $2 entry donation — the original creations of 85 local artists are available to peruse and purchase for a cause. Twenty percent of each artists' sales are donated to The Foundation for Tigard Tualatin Schools, a nonprofit organization, which divvies the funds out to each school in the Tigard-Tualatin School District to be used specifically for arts education programs.

"Local artists helping student artists is our mantra," said Kelly Asmus, who volunteers as the marketing manager of the event. Last year, Art in the Burbs raised $31,500 in grant money, she said, which was infused directly into schools to fund fine arts supplies, technology and tools for photography and theater, new music for choir, the replacement and repair of instruments and to fund a field trip to the Portland Youth Philharmonic, to name just a few gains.

"This program touches every single child in the Tigard-Tualatin School District," said Asmus.

Art in the Burbs grants not only help to remediate cuts in instructional time and supplies for the arts, but also make new programs possible — as an example, fourth and fifth graders have been dancing the tango and the foxtrot at Mary Woodward Elementary School, where the grant has funded ballroom dancing classes.

In addition to accomplishing early holiday shopping at the artist booths, one can admire student artwork from all grade levels and schools in the district at the student art gallery. Food carts will offer shoppers sustenance, and school choirs and bands will be performing throughout the festival.

Art in the Burbs is organized and put on by volunteers, with set-up help from the Tigard High School football team, Key Club and other student organizations. You don't have to be an artist to help the creative cause, though: If you'd like to volunteer during the event, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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